452nd Maintenance Group hosts Assumption of Command ceremony

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joseph Dangidang

The 452nd Maintenance Group held a formal Assumption of Command ceremony at the Cultural Resource Center here on January 10, 2015.

In front of more than 100 attendees, Col. Russell A. Muncy, commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, passed the 452 MXG’s guidon to Col. Kenneth N. Rose, signifying the formal invocation of responsibility, authority, and accountability to him.

During the ceremony, Muncy discussed his challenging search for a strong leader to fill in behind the previous maintenance group commander.

“I wanted someone who could carry on the leadership tradition that the previous commander of the 452nd MXG brought forth,” said Muncy.  “I wanted someone who is a born leader, has a breadth of experience and someone that has done it all, and Col. Rose’s name came up.”

Rose has served as a traditional reservist and an Air Reserve Technician. He has deployed in support of operations DESERT STORM, UPHOLD DEMOCRACY, NORTHERN WATCH, JOINT ENDEAVOR, ENDURING FREEDOM, and IRAQI FREEDOM.

“Rose is a great individual with a broad background that comes with significant experience and will be a great leader for the 452nd Maintenance Group,” said Muncy.

The 452 MXG is an outstanding unit and Rose said he feels privileged to be here. He also took time to address and thank commanders in attendance for their support and leadership.

“To the men and women of the 452nd Maintenance Group, you are the reason I want to be here,” said Rose. “I’m very proud to be your commander… you are awesome.”

“My first directive to you is to educate. Educate me because I want to know what you know and I want to see things from all perspectives,” said Rose. “I believe that this education process is what makes us a team, and if we function as a team there is nothing we can’t achieve.”

Rose was appointed commander of the 452nd Maintenance Group, March Air Reserve Base California effective Dec. 28, 2014.